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Director, Conflicts Forum

February 5th, 2010

Area of Expertise: International Relations, Terrorism, War and Conflict
Geographical Expertise - Region: Europe, North Africa and Middle East, North America, Subsaharan Africa
Geographical Expertise - Country: Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine
Language: English
Field of Work: Activist/Humanitarian, Think tank/Research center
City: Washington DC
Country: USA
Continent: North America


Crooke Alastair CrookeAlastair Crooke is the director of Conflicts Forum, a non-profit organization that works to end the isolation of mainstream Islamists and aims to change Western policy towards Islamists.

From 1997-2003, Mr. Crooke served as the special security adviser to the European Union High Representative, Javier Solana, and as special adviser to the European Union Special Envoy to the Middle East Peace Process.

Mr. Crooke was directly involved in facilitating the Israeli Palestinian ceasefires of 2002 and 2003. He mediated the negotiations that led to the ceasefire declared by Hamas and Islamic Jihad in June 2003. He was also instrumental in the negotiations leading to the ending of the siege of the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem. Mr. Crooke also served as a staff member of President Clinton’s Fact Finding Committee, led by Senator Mitchell on the causes of the Intifada 2000 – 2001. He has contributed to the mediation, management and transformation of conflicts in Ireland, South Africa, Namibia, Afghanistan, Cambodia and Colombia since 1972. Mr. Crooke also co-ordinated four hostage negotiations.

He frequently lectures internationally. His previous speaking engagements include Executive Meeting of Liberal International (2005), Clinton’s Global Forum (2005 and 2006), speaker and facilitator at Norwegian government’s senior mediators conference (conference organized annually by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs bringing together mediators in conflict from the UN, the EU and other bodies – 2005 and 2006), briefings for UK and European parliamentarians (2005-2007), as well as various academic and policy events.

Mr. Crooke attended the University of St. Andrews from 1968-72 and obtained an MA in Politics and Economics from there.

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